Frank Lampard’s Chelsea delivered their 6th win on the bounce on Saturday when they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at home.
Lampard was more than proud of his young guns.
He said: “The younger players are showing they deserve to be at this level.
“I’m proud of the squad we have but I also realise it is just a snapshot. The big picture is the long-term future. At the moment they are sustaining it with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James, who has just come in.
“We are about a third of the way through and we are in a good position. But we know this league can punish you if you drop off.
“If we want to build something over a long period of time here then we have got so much improvement to do because the gap was too big last year between us and the top two. So we want to close that.”
He added: “At the start of the season it was about belief in the younger players.
“I felt they deserved a chance but there’s always a question mark because you don’t know until you see them there.”
Lamps said: “He got his goal, which he took clinically, even if it might not be his best game in the showreel.”